NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts is the state's leading advocate for privacy and a woman's right to choose. The organization's mission is to develop and sustain a constituency that uses the political process to guarantee every woman the right to make personal decisions regarding the full range of reproductive choices, including preventing unintended pregnancy, bearing healthy children, and choosing safe, legal abortion.
The Political Director, reporting directly to the Executive Director, is responsible for lobbying on the organization's legislative portfolio, managing and implementing the electoral program, and implementing the programmatic communications strategy.
Lobbying and Political Organizing (45%): Work with the Executive Director and Organizer to create and implement strategies for passing pro-choice legislation and defeating anti-choice initiatives with a focus on organizing members around legislative priorities. Build the Agenda for Women's Equality coalition and platform and implement a strategy for passage of its policy priorities. Duties may include direct lobbying; constituent meetings with legislators; in-district meetings with legislators; building and managing coalitions to advocate for legislation; creating strategies for targeted organizing and membership building efforts in key legislative districts in conjunction with the Organizer; andpreparing fact sheets, testimony, and other written materials for political program.
Electoral Work (30%): Manage the endorsement process for pro-choice candidates, including coordinating the Political Action Committee (PAC), working with electoral campaigns and candidates, working with the Organizer to connect volunteers to campaigns, and managing a robust political intern program each election cycle. Work with the Executive Director to create and implement strategies for electing pro-choice candidates in targeted races, which includes production and distribution of campaign materials; membership communications; mobilizing volunteers to work directly on campaigns; running voter identification and get-out-the-vote phone banks; and coordinated support, communications, and events.Also responsible for compliance with the Office of Campaign and Political Finance, including tracking and reporting financial, coordinated, and in-kind campaign support.
Communications (25%): Collaborate with Development and Communications Director to develop and implement communications strategies that will broaden campaign reach and deepen impact, with a focus on internal membership communications and working with the Executive Director to cultivate strategic media relationships with targeted press. Create and post online content to engage membership, including action alerts and social media. Coordinate webpage maintenance to ensure that new and consistent information (article links, stories, and events) is posted regularly.
Work with coalition partners to coordinate political and outreach strategies and messages.
Represent the organization in various coalitions, meetings, and at events.
Participate in team environment to develop strategy and contribute to overall effectiveness of organization.
Plan and coordinate special events (Lobby Day, Briefings, Organizing and Organizational events).
Other administrative duties as assigned.
B.A. with demonstrated interest in politics, community organizing, and reproductive rights
3 - 5 years political organizing experience including electoral campaign experience and issue advocacy work; direct lobbying experience preferred
Experience with issue advocacy communications preferred, including action alert emails and social media
Familiarity with the legislative process
Highly organized and detail oriented; able to manage multiple projects and meet deadlines
High level of computer literacy
Excellent communication skills, including writing, proofreading, and public speaking
Demonstrated ability to forge meaningful, respectful relationships with partners and volunteers
Strong commitment to diversity, inclusion, and health equity
Maturity, flexibility, humor, and discretion
Willingness to work some nights and occasional weekends; statewide travel sometimes necessary
SALARY AND BENEFITS
Salary commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits package available.
HOW TO APPLY
Send a cover letter, resume, and writing sample to firstname.lastname@example.org by February 14, 2015. Applicants will be reviewed on a rolling basis.
NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, socioeconomic status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, age, disability, marital status, veteran status, or political affiliation.